Wilfried Zaha starred for Crystal Palace in a thumping pre-season win over Reading, while Mason Mount scored the winner for Derby against Wolves.
Zaha had generated intrigue a day earlier with a social media post he quickly deleted but scored twice in the second half during a man-of-the-match performance at the Madejski Stadium.
Alexander Sorloth and James Tomkins also found the target in a comfortable warm-up win for Roy Hodgson's side.
Frank Lampard's Derby geared up for the new Sky Bet Championship season with a morale-boosting victory of their own, Chelsea loanee Mason Mount scoring the winner against Premier League newcomers Wolves.
Diogo Jota had cancelled out David Nugent's first-half opener but Mount scored his first goal for the club on 73 minutes and it proved decisive.
Fellow Championship promotion hopefuls Nottingham Forest also beat top-flight opposition, Tendayi Darikwa and Gil Dias earning a 2-0 win over Bournemouth.
Elsewhere, Felipe Anderson scored his first goal for West Ham as Manuel Pellegrini's side saw off Ipswich 2-1.
New Town signing Ellis Harrison had cancelled out Anderson's third-minute header but Marko Arnautovic scored a 70th-minute winner. Martyn Waghorn, the subject of a transfer bid from Sheffield United as well as interest from Derby, was an unused Ipswich substitute for the second pre-season game running.
Watford came from behind to beat second-tier opposition, Andre Gray sealing a 2-1 win against Brentford.
Ollie Watkins had given the Bees a fourth-minute lead but a bizarre own-goal from Henrik Dalsgaard restored parity and Gray pounced on a misplaced pass from Brentford goalkeeper Daniel Bentley to seal the win.
Cardiff also came from a goal down but roared back against League One Burton to claim a 5-1 win at the Pirelli Stadium.
Nigel Clough's side had taken the lead through Liam Boyce's penalty but that was cancelled out by a Jake Buxton own goal and then Cardiff raced clear as Kenneth Zohore, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Bobby Reid and Callum Paterson found the target.
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Yves Bissouma's 90th-minute free-kick rescued a 1-1 draw for Brighton at Birmimgham, who had taken the lead through Maikel Kieftenbeld's superb first-half volley.
There were mixed fortunes for Premier League sides playing warm-up games on the continent. Southampton beat French team Dijon 2-0 thanks to goals from Shane Long and Manolo Gabbiadini, while Leicester slipped to a 2-1 defeat in Klagenfurt to Udinese as Kelechi Iheanacho's late strike proved in vain.
Fulham competed in the Cup of Traditions in Germany. They beat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 in their first 45 minute game to set up a final with Fiorentina. After another 45 minutes ended goalless - in which Andre Schurrle made his Fulham debut - the game went to penalties.
Each of them were scored in the shootout until a miss from Steven Sessegnon with Fulham's ninth penalty. Fiorentina scored with their next attempt to see them win the tie 8-9 on penalties and the overall competition.
Newcastle played out 0-0 draw with Porto, with a tribute to former manager of both clubs, Sir Bobby Robson, ahead of kick off. Both sides had chances to snatch the winner with Porto hitting the post twice, but neither could find the breakthrough.
Aston Villa were among a number of other Championship sides in action and came from a goal down to beat second divison German side Dynamo Dresden 2-1 thanks to Andre Green's quickfire double.
Middlesbrough thumped north-east rivals Hartlepool 5-0 - Britt Assombalonga with a hat-trick - while another side tipped for promotion, West Brom, beat Coventry 5-2 in a game played in tribute to the late Cyrille Regis.
QPR saw off German opposition with a 3-0 win over Union Berlin at Loftus Road, while Millwall followed suit with a 1-0 win over Bochum in Jimmy Abdou's testimonial, but Stoke suffered a 2-0 loss to St Pauli. Another side up against foreign opposition, Sheffield Wednesday, went down 3-1 to La Liga's Villarreal.
Elsewhere, Preston saw off Oldham 3-0, Hull drew 1-1 with Barsnley and Sammy Ameobi struck a stunner in Bolton's 2-0 win over Peterborough.
But Championship newcomers Blackburn and Rotherham suffered respective 1-0 and 2-1 defeats to lower-league opposition in Accrington Stanley and Mansfield, while Norwich lost 1-0 at Charlton.
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